c) Ordination became a vacation

It was probably not until the late second century that church leadership became a “full time” job. Even then, there was often no wages involved, so positions of church leadership were by default left to those of independent means who had the free time to conduct church business. It is at this same time that a stricter division between ordained and laity emerged.

When ordination became a vocation, it emerged that ordination has reserved for men because, man is the head of the family; he represents Christ, who is the husband of his bride, the church, and therefore whoever represents the Groom must be male. It was also understood that Christ himself chose twelve men; seemingly, it is clear that the historic limitation to males was also based on cultural assumptions about the pastor as head and shepherd of the household.

d) Role of Bishops

Bishops are the custodians of the GACA vision and have the responsibility to give leadership, and ensure the growth of the Association as well as ensuring accountability among the members.

Bishops shall investigate and examine the qualifications of prospective members by jealously guarding the truth and confronting false teachings and practices, heresy and any form of corruption which are contrary to the Holy Scriptures.

Bishops shall also support, encourage, empower and recognize those who prove beyond reasonable doubt that they have the calling of God into the ministry.

Bishops shall maintain order and unity among the member-churches as well as individual ministers by offering leadership, guidance and encouragement.

Bishops shall ensure member-churches are accountable and have credible work, churches and leaders working with them in responsible positions.

Bishops shall be the voice of the member-churches in their respective jurisdiction and will strive to grow the Association by networking with like-minded people and ministries.

Our Vision

To be the trail blazer ecclesiastical ministerial fellowship in empowering and providing leaders in the local Church and other Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) with a platform where they can obtain credentials, support to transform their society.

Our Mission

To promote vibrant Association of Church leaders through fostering unity, empowering, mentoring and equipping Church leaders with skills, knowledge and internship within an accountable, secure and orderly environment so as to enable community transformation for better and sustainable livelihoods as part of their Christian calling and service.

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Tel. +44 (0) 7535 833 737

E-Mail: gacauk@outlook.com


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